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8:00 AM ET, March 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Joe Wilcox / Oddly Together:
The Difference Between Blogging and Journalism  —  For the most part, blogging is not journalism.  That's my response to the longstanding debate about whether bloggers are journalists.  Bloggers who don't apply good standards of journalism shouldn't be offered the same privileges as journalists.
Greg Beato / Reason:
Missing the Story  —  Has anyone checked the Internet connection at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute lately?  Last week, the Institute announced the nominees for its “Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade,” and of the 80 contenders, only three were originally published on the web.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
At AOL, the Google culture clash is going to be a big hurdle  —  Coming to an established brand with new ideas is one thing.  But convincing existing employees to change old habits is an entirely different issue.  And that's increasingly a problem at AOL, where Tim Armstrong came from Google 11 months ago.
Discussion: Ditherati and Contagious Magazine
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Preview: Instapaper on iPad  —  I'm probably supposed to keep this secret and build everyone's anticipation to hype this up.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll do that for the Instapaper edition for Apple's next revolutionary computing platform.  —  First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Greg Ferenstein / Mashable!:
The Future Newsroom: Lean, Open and Social Media-Savvy  —  On the campus of Penn State University, a rivalry between a rogue campus blog and the official newspaper has become a fascinating mirror of the strife between old and new media.  In only a matter of months, the unofficial campus blog Onward State …
James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
Wrongest Name in Cable News?  —  OK, so cable-news pundits bluster, shoot from the hip and end up hilariously, spectacularly wrong occasionally.  Or more than occasionally.  It's pretty much the job description.  And Chris Matthews—well, God love him, he's very good at his job.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Editor and Publisher:
Court Lifts Ban on Media Cross-Ownership  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. A federal court has at least temporarily lifted government rules that prohibit media companies from owning a newspaper and a broadcast TV station in the same market.  —  The decision Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Discussion: Fitz & Jen
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
The First Part of Tumblr's Monetization Efforts Is...Custom Themes?  —  ​Tumblr, the New York-based tech company slinging a “hipster blogging” and social networking platform headed up by race-relations expert and digital wunderkind David Karp, has “leaked” what's presumably …
Discussion: Gawker and Mashable!
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Guardian Media Group CEO McCall Leaving To Run easyJet  —  On the face of it, the only thing news publishing and aviation have in common is massive recent disruption - nevertheless, Guardian Media Group CEO Carolyn McCall is flying off to become chief executive of European budget airline easyJet …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
ABC's choice of Amanpour for ‘This Week’ has critics inside the network and beyond  —  If being the moderator of “This Week,” ABC's Sunday morning news-talk show, required Senate approval, then journalist Christiane Amanpour — recently named by ABC News President David Westin to take over the job — would already be in big trouble.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo's Fainaru joins Bay Area start-up  —  While the Washington Post's Steve Fainaru took home a Pulitzer for his reporting in Iraq, the Bay Area native will soon be focused on news much closer to home  —  Fainaru is leaving the Post to become managing editor for news at The Bay Citizen …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Romenesko
Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Yahoo's Display Ad Target: Neighborhoods  —  Yahoo wants to remain the top display ad seller.  Its strategy is to go local.  —  National advertisers spend more than $120 billion on advertising in local markets and Yahoo wants it.  —  This year the Sunnyvale, Calif. …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Interview: Jacob Weisberg, Chairman, Slate Group: ‘Pay For How You Get It Delivered’  — wasn't the first Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO) outlet to go for the gold—or at least some silver—with a paid iPhone app: Sibling Slate hit the iTunes store ahead of the newspaper with its own $1.99 app.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Microsoft: Want to Learn About Our Secret Tablet?  Read Engadget.  —  Want to get the latest news on “Courier,” Microsoft's rumored-but-not-confirmed answer to Apple's iPad?  Microsoft doesn't want to talk about it.  But Redmond does have a suggestion for you: Read the gadget blogs.
the nytpicker:
Roanoke Times Editor Says NYT's Daily TimesCast Logo “Eeerily Similar” To Its TimesCast Logo From 2007.  —  Among the NYT readers most curious to watch the debut of its daily “TimesCast” video yesterday was Carole Tarrant, editor of The Roanoke Times.  —  That's because only a few years ago …
Discussion: Romenesko
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Poynter's hiring.  What will their writer/curator be up to?  —  For the past few days, a job posting has been making its way around the web: the Poynter Institute, it announces, is looking to hire a writer/curator for its Sense-Making Project.  Which is a job title that — out of context …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Former IAC Exec Lehman Joins Luxury Net Plum TV As EVP/GM  —  Former IAC (NSDQ: IACI) exec Nick Lehman has spent the last few months working on a new venture called Uncommon Media that was to be a portfolio of digital properties aimed at the luxury market, using a daily newsletter to gain some attention.
Jason Fell / Folio:
Tabloids, Others Still at Risk for Failing USPS ‘Droop’ Test  —  New standards delayed until June; ‘few’ ABM members will be exempt.  —  After receiving protests from groups like American Business Media over the timing of the proposed rate penalties for most flat-shaped mail that fails to meet so-called …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The problem with comments isn't them  —  I'm coming to think that the — or a — problem with the quality of conversation in comments online is a matter of timing:  —  Once we in media are finished with our work we allow the public to comment.  We throw our product over the wall …
Discussion: Zombie Journalism
Steve Borsch / Minnov8:
WCCO News' new ‘Wire’ lets the audience interact and help report the story  —  A screenshot of WCCO's The Wire zoomed in on the timeline  —  People in Twin Cities social media circles got a sneak peek at WCCO's The Wire last October, and its promise looked intriguing.
Erie Daily Times-Morning News:
Roberts: Beck ‘worse than a clown’  —  Steve recently took part in a lunchtime panel sponsored by a local radio station.  A beefy young man in the audience grabbed the microphone and challenged the speakers, in a sneering and confrontational tone, to name one good thing about President Obama's health-care proposal.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘USA Today’ in War of Words With ‘WSJ’  —  Gannett's daily has fired the latest salvo vs. the News Corp. property  —  Gannett's USA Today has fired the latest salvo in the national newspaper war.  —  Six months after News Corp.'s The Wall Street Journal trumpeted that it had edged USA Today …
Discussion: Fitz & Jen and New York Magazine
Why Newsrooms Don't Use Plagiarism Detection Services  —  Six years ago, in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times, Peter Bhatia, then the president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, gave a provocative speech at the organization's 2004 conference.
Discussion: Romenesko and CopyByte
Sam Bayard / Citizen Media Law Project:
Barclays v. Hot News Doctrine Alive and Kicking; Will News Aggregators Be Next?  —  In 2003, prolific legal scholar and 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner published a law review article entitled “Misappropriation: A Dirge,” which discussed—among other things …
Discussion: ContentBlogger
SPJ Ethics Committee condemns major broadcast networks' practice of “checkbook journalism”  —  INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists' Ethics Committee condemns the growing trend of âcheckbook journalismâ at major broadcast networks.
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
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Steven Levy / Wired:
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